Sunday, September 1, 2013

Welcome September


The golden-rod is yellow;
The corn is turning brown;
The trees in apple orchards
With fruit are bending down.

The gentian's bluest fringes
Are curling in the sun;
In dusty pods the milkweed
Its hidden silk has spun.

The sedges flaunt their harvest,
In every meadow nook;
And asters by the brook-side
Make asters in the brook.

From dewy lanes at morning
The grapes' sweet odors rise;
the roads all flutter
With yellow butterflies.

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here,
With summer's best of weather,
And autumn's best of cheer.

~ Helen Hunt Jackson ~

Ligularia dentata 'Desdemona' in my garden.
Cup Plant (Silphium perfoliatum) in the prairie garden.
 Golden rod in a field with phragmites grass behind seen on my daily walk with the dog.
 Phragmites, although beautiful at this time of year is agressive and invasive.
Starlings flocking in large numbers getting reading to migrate.
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  1. Lovely poem and a beautiful collection of photos! I really like the pretty.

  2. What a beautiful poem to start the month of September off with. The grass called phragmite is new to me. I must look and see if it grows here. It is really pretty even though a nasty aggressive week. Happy September to you.

  3. There is the slightest hint of autumn in the air and some leaves are falling early, but it is as hot and humid as it has ever been this summer. Beautiful poem.

  4. Lovely poem and beautiful shots. September to me means ragweed pollen and sizzling September! Have a lovely holiday weekend.

  5. Wonderful poem and my fav - the trees so full of birdies. How fun is that????

    Happy first day of September, Judith!


  6. Those starlings look very striking as they gather in those particular trees. I'll have to pay attention and look for that is too bad that it is so invasive as it is truly beautiful. As for the neighbor seems to be growing plenty along his garage. It's pretty, too, but my allergies...oh my!

  7. I enjoyed the poem - it's perfect for Sept. I liked your accompanying photos too. The phragmire grass is lovely; I've never seen it or heard of it. Have a beautiful September, Judith! Hope you'll join me for tea tomorrow! :)
    Hugs, Beth

  8. Hi Judith, Hope all is well with you. Yes autumn is just around the corner, I missed summer some how. Take care and have a wonderful week:)

  9. Hi Judith
    What a perfect poem to start Autumn/Fall in your neck of the woods.
    I love your late summer perennials - precious blooms to carry over from summer flowering.

    I can't believe how many starlings are on that one tree.
    It is a wonderful image for you to use for journaling/Note Cards etc Judith.

    I'm finally catching up on my bloggy pals!

    hugs and I hope you have an easy week.
    Shane xox

  10. Hello, Judith

    I wasn't familiar with that poem; I like how it summed up this time of year in the last couple of lines. You've got some lovely golden glow in your photos.


  11. What a lovely September post! I had never seen that poem before so thank you for sharing. Enjoy the rest of your long weekend!

  12. Hi Judith: We went for a wee walk today and I noticed that the Phragmites is everywhere and thick. My cup plant is over ten feet tall in the garden. An amazing plant. Valerie

  13. What a lovely poem, dear Judith. Your photos are so pretty. I never heard of phragmites, but aren't they so colorful?
    I also noticed on another post, your darling teapot napkin rings... adorable!

  14. What a beautiful poem to welcome fall. I love the change fall brings especially cooler mornings Thanks for sharing.

  15. Beautiful blog ! Hello from a fellow Canadian here lol I found your blog Via Crafty Gardener . Looks like we all have nature and photography in common lol ! I look forward to your future posts and wonderful photos and see what`s going on in your neck of the woods ! Have a great day !

  16. Oh we are contemplating similar thoughts as the seasons change...

  17. I just love it when other fans of fall start writing about the approach of the new season. I smelled cinnamon whisk brooms in the entrance of a grocery store last week and stood there to sniff and go, "Ahhh, fall!"

  18. Again hello,Judith,
    Lovely poem! The rice fields in Japan are turning to yellow. We will have harvest time soon.

  19. Such a pretty fall post. Love the September poem. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments.

  20. A perfect post to welcome September. Beautiful photos, I especially like the one of the Starlings-interesting shot.

  21. The photo of the phragmites looks like a water color - it is very pretty.

  22. Goldenrod and muscadine grapes are right on cue here, but the weather is still hot.

  23. I think that poem says it all! That last shot of the starlings in the trees looks like a Japanese style painting you might see on china ... so pretty :) Wendy

  24. Hi Judith,

    Oh, that poem definitely sums this time of year up perfectly.

    It's still high summer here with clear skies and warm, even hot, temperatures. We are certainly enjoying it but know that by mid October the rains will come.

    Your photograph of the starlings is really beautiful!



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